Craig M. Gay
Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Regent College
Professor Craig Gay cares deeply about Christian living in the modern world. He has just released an exciting new book entitled "Modern Technology and the Human Future" (InterVarsity Press, 2018), which Bill has also reviewed in this month's edition of "Three Inch Reviews." We asked Craig to give us his top book picks for helping Christians think about technology, and he kindly offered the following suggestions and blurbs. Be sure to join us for Craig's upcoming book launch. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd, at 7:30 pm. Details here: hhttps://bookstore.regent-college.edu/blog/craig-
Not the easiest read, but Borgmann’s thesis – that we are inadvertently allowing our devices to impoverish our lives – is even more relevant today than it was in 1984.
For thoughtful and creative strategies for limiting the damage our devices can do within our families there is not better book.
Difficult and frequently exasperating, Ellul’s comprehensive analysis of the hegemony of technology over modern life remains a classic, every bit as relevant today as it was in 1964.
After reading Grant’s extraordinarily insightful essays on modern technology, you’ll never again be tempted to think that our technologies are simply “neutral” tools.
Beautifully-written nearly one hundred years ago, Letters offers one of the most insightful evaluations and critiques of modern technology that I’ve come across. If you’ve found Heidegger impossible to understand, Guardini’s analysis is quite similar and much more lucid.
Difficult but short, Heidegger’s contention that the “essence” of modern technology lies ultimately in our way of looking at our world is, I would say, disturbingly accurate.
Kohak offers a wonder reflection on the deeply personal nature of being and the ways that our technological systems blind us from recognizing it.
Thinking Through Technology is a “road map” of Western reflections about technology from Socrates to the mid-1990’s. Extremely helpful!
Mumford’s is the history of technological development, an extraordinary achievement. It still makes for fascinating reading.
Turkle’s title says it all. When it comes to chronicling the impact of smartphones and other technological devices upon young adults, no one is better than Sherry Turkle.